US Women's National Team kicks off 2013 with much to prove
By Kim Tate
CHICAGO (Dec. 20, 2012) - The U.S. Women's National Team will showcase a two-game tour against Scotland to open 2013, adding a second match for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The USA will play its first match of 2013 on Feb. 9 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla, and will kick off at 5 p.m. ET. Kickoff time and broadcast information for the second match will be released at a later date, per a U.S. Soccer press release. The two-game set against Scotland will be the first official games for new U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni and they will come against the country of his birth.
The Feb. 13 match will mark the fourth for the U.S. WNT in the state of Tennessee. The USA played two games against Sweden in Chattanooga in 1997 (one of them a closed-door contest) and faced Canada at LP Field (when it was named The Coliseum) on July 2, 2004, in one of the final matches before the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
The USA has played Scotland in an official match just one time in its history. Scotland visited Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, in September 2002 in what turned out to be an 8-2 victory for the Americans.
Additional notes courtesy of US Soccer Communications:
Abby Wambach scored her first career hat trick in that game in Columbus. The goals were just the second, third and fourth of her career. Mia Hamm also had a hat trick in that match, the last of eight that she had in her career.
Wambach currently has 152 goals, just six short of tying Hamm for the most goals in the history of international soccer.
Scotland barely missed out on a berth in the 2013 European Championships, coming seconds away from qualifying before giving up a goal in stoppage time of overtime to Spain in the second leg of a two-game playoff.
The U.S. WNT finished 2012 with a record of 28-1-3 will finish the year at No. 1 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.
U.S. Soccer is celebrating its 100-year Anniversary in 2013 and will host a number of commemorative events throughout the year.